Making it Work for Women: What SPJ Projects are Doing in the Care Space

Child and elder care work disproportionately falls on women and girls, constraining their labor force participation, education, and well-being. The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the need to invest in the care economy, which is set to grow over the next decades due to demographic and societal shifts. This notes describes how World Bank Group Social protection and Jobs (SPJ) teams are increasingly engaging in the care space though policy and investment lending and analytical work, focused on closing care provision gaps through public works, developing models of community-based care provision, and supporting government policy with diagnostic tools.